I won an iPod Shuffle (old version) yesterday. My office had an IT Open House, in which they showcased all of the services that the IT Department offers. To win a prize, one had to answer a bunch of questions, the answers to which could be found by speaking to the various people at the promotional tables. After your card had all the answers, and it was checked by IT Services staff, your name would be entered in a drawing. The big prize of the drawing was a Blackberry. The second biggest prize was a GPS. Third were the iPod Shuffles. The rest of the prizes consisted of gifte certificates to various places.
The last question asked what services they could offer in the future, and I requested that they allow us to install Opera or Firefox to browse the internets. I don’t think it will happen, but I asked anyway.
I haven’t really been in the market for a new one, since much of my focus for about six months was research into a buying a small gaming laptop (still nameless).
Now that I am one of the Apple iClones, I have to get down with this iTunes business. I’m not too keen on installing a programme on my computer just so that I can move songs from my hard drive to the iPod. There isn’t a good reason to me that I should not be able to simply drag and drop my MP3s from one place to the other. It’s irritating.
I am not fond of the idea of buying music on iTunes, either. I will be refraining from that service. I prefer to have physical CDs. If I lost my entire digital music collection, where would I be? I’d have to spend hundreds of dollars replacing those songs. With CDs, sure, there could be a fire and my collection could melt or something, but that’s less likely than having my hard drive fail and all data being wiped out. Case in point: my hard drive went bad earlier this year, and I had to replace it. No data was lost in the transition from old to new, but the scenario was a distinct possibility.
Now that I have this iPod, I need to fill it will music. Some of my Japanese pop and rock music will probably go in there. At some point, I will switch that out and put in my favourite videogame music remixes. My Shuffle holds 512MB, so not a lot of space in which to cram songs. That’s fine, though. I got the iPod for free after all.